Duarte talks Milan future amid reports and explains the Ibrahimovic effect

By Isak Möller -

Last summer, AC Milan signed Leo Duarte from Flamengo for a fee of €10m. However, the Brazilian defender hasn’t been able to prove his worth at the club, above all due to an injury which has kept him out since November. 

Prior to the injury, Duarte had made five appearances for the Rossoneri – four of them from the first minute. Certainly, it’s tough to assess the signing as the performances were very ordinary, with few mistakes and spectacular moves.

In an interview with Sky Italia, as cited by MilanNews.it, the defender was asked about his future with the club and the progress on his recovery. As he revealed, technical director Paolo Maldini keeps updated on the status.

“Maldini always asks me how I am, if I am feeling well. I want to prove my worth and I want to make a difference for Milan,” he stated.

Duarte also spoke about Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who joined Milan in January. For both of them, the future is uncertain and it remains to be seen if they will remain at the club for next season.

“Ibra is a great player, he helps us to stay focused and improve. He really makes a difference for our team. We hope he can recover soon because he is very important for us,” he concluded.

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